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Tottenham Hotspur players pictured on vacation around the world.
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Sho’t left to SA? Tottenham Hotspur stars vacation here instead…

Monaco, Mykonos…and Mzansi? Government’s sponsorship of Tottenham Hotspur is hoping to increase travel to SA. But will the players come too?

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur players pictured on vacation around the world.
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@pedroporro_29/ @richarlison/ @ericdier15

The South African government – and their marketing body SA Tourism – have claimed that the R1 billion sponsorship of Tottenham Hotspur football club will encourage tourists to visit SA, thanks to an invaluable amount of media exposure.

But will players – who include the likes of Harry Kane and Eric Dier – also step foot on SA shores too?

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According to Daily Maverick, the Department of Tourism recently submitted a proposal to sponsor Tottenham Hotspur – a well-known English Premier League club.

The ministry, including minister Lindiwe Sisulu, and marketing division SA Tourism – presented a proposal this week to the board, claims the publication.

Daily Maverick reports that close to R1 billion would be allocated to support the elite club over three years. In return, the local tourism sector would receive “media exposure”.

On Thursday, 2 February, the department held a press conference to clarify the allegations. However, SA Tourism chief executive officer Themba Khumalo stated that the Tottenham Hotspur deal would forge ahead despite the widespread opposition.

He said: “The board made a conditional approval because it commercially makes sense, but it needs communication with the stakeholders to make sure they’re aligned.

“There’s no signed contract, but there is an intention to. We need to do due diligence and follow government processes”.

According to News24,  SA Tourism would receive kit branding, interview backdrop branding, match-day advertising, partnership announcements, training camps in South Africa, and free access to tickets and stadium hospitality in exchange for the investment.

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On social media, many South Africans disputed the departments’ justification of the Tottenham Hotspur deal. Many insisted that tourists would not want to visit a country riddled with crime, load shedding and water shedding, and poor infrastructure.

But would the players themselves feel obligated to support their prospective new sponsors too?

Here’s a look at where some of the players have vacationed during their time off….

Harry Kane – a tropical island

Eric Dier – Monaco

Pedro Porro – Spain

Ryan Sessegnon  – Mykonos

Christian Romero – Portofino

Emerson Royal – Paris